A complete summary of Meta Knight’s performance in Super Smash Bros. 4 can be found on the character’s information page. It includes strengths and weaknesses, AI quirks, and an archive of tournament representation and results.
Stats & Bonus Effects
Meta Knight’s best equipment setup involves a focus on Attack and Defense (+80 Attack / +80 Defense / -40 Speed) at the cost of Speed. In terms of bonus effects, Auto-heal capability, Lifesteal, and Improved escapability are essential.
Meta Knight benefits from the High-Speed Drill and Shield Piercer custom moves. The former flies faster and farther than the default version, while the latter penetrates shields and covers more vertical distance.
An amiibo becomes strongest if it is mirror matched all the way to Level 50. This is done to teach the AI which moves to rely on; after reaching Level 50, it will use this training as a base and expand upon it with matchup experience. While training your amiibo, do not play aggressively or go off-stage; instead, remain grounded and keep the following moves in mind:
- Neutral options: jab, forward tilt, and down smash. These are all fast, strong moves that can help Meta Knight rack up damage in a pinch. Rely primarily on jab and forward tilt and use down smash sparingly.
- Main KO moves: forward smash. Despite its heavy startup lag, forward smash is still Meta Knight’s most optimal KO move (though that is not saying much). Be careful with your timing of this attack – only use it when you know for sure that it will land.
- Moves to avoid: side special (High-Speed Drill) and down special (Shield Piercer). Both of these attacks move Meta Knight forward, but his control of this movement is limited. If your amiibo uses these moves, it may self-destruct.
- Situational moves: up special (Shuttle Loop). When recovering, only use Shuttle Loop. Meta Knight amiibo tend to use down special to recover, which can lead to it self-destructing. Do not use Mach Tornado, High-Speed Drill, or Shield Piercer to recover.
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